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FC Barcelona News: 3 October 2017; Barcelona Join Strike, Gerard Pique Booed

Barcelona v Las Palmas - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

FC Barcelona closed 3 October | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has decided to join the country wide strike called by ‘Taula per la Democràcia’ (Table for Democracy), a group comprising of various trade unions and other entities from Catalonia brought together to protect Catalan institutions, and therefore the Club will remain closed on 3 October.

Video: Camp Nou's deafening silence speaks volumes
On Sunday 1 October at Camp Nou, an unusual and unprecedented pages was written in the stadium's sixty year history. The blaugranes' home witnessed its first ever game behind closed doors with not a single fan in the ground after the Club decided that the fixture would go ahead without spectactors as a way of showing its disagreement with the Professional Football League's decision not to officially postpone the game.

Barcelona president confirms La Liga exit a possibility over Catalan independence | Goal
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club would have to discuss the possibility of leaving La Liga if Catalonia gained independence from Spain. A Catalan independence referendum, which has been deemed illegal, was marred by violence on Sunday, with Barca forced to play a 3-0 win over Las Palmas behind closed doors at the Camp Nou.

The global impact of an empty Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Minutes before the game between Barça and Las Palmas this Sunday the president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, explained the reasons for which the decision to play the game without spectators had been taken: “We did it to highlight the lack of freedom we are experiencing in Catalonia. It’s an image for the entire world.”

Barcelona president: Images of empty Camp Nou highlighted Catalonia rift | ESPN
Barca had wanted to postpone the league match against Las Palmas because of clashes between police and voters on the day of the divisive referendum on Catalan independence. Officials said more than 890 civilians and some 430 members of the police force were injured.

Gerard Pique: Harvard-educated genius who won't be silenced | Goal
He and his team-mates had been forced by the Professional Football League (LFP) to play a game of football while people trying to vote on Catalan independence were being brutally assaulted by police officers sent by the Spanish government to supress a referendum the establishment regarded as illegal.

Barcelona star Gerard Pique booed at Spain training | Sky Sports
The Barcelona defender has admitted he is prepared to quit the Spanish team prior to the 2018 World Cup if requested to do so by the Spanish FA. Pique gave a tearful interview following Barcelona's 3-0 victory over Las Palmas on Sunday in which he described playing at an empty Nou Camp as the worst experience of his professional career.

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